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  • Eco-friendly Car Registration in Seoul Rises 20%

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  • With the rising awareness of environmental issues and economic efficiency, the number of eco-friendly, low-emission vehicles, such as hybrid cars, registered with the Seoul Metropolitan City Government increased 20 percent in 2013 from the previous year.

    Year Total Hybrid CNG Electric
    2013 31,684 20,778 10,427 479
    2012 26,412 15,930 10,277 205

     

    <Hybrid vehicles save KRW 1.2 million in fuel cost every 20,000 kilometers>

    On average, hybrid vehicles have 55 percent higher fuel efficiency than conventional gasoline vehicles of the same class. This allows drivers of hybrid cars to save KRW 1.2 million in fuel cost (assuming a gasoline price of KRW 1,800 per liter) every 20,000 kilometers.

    <The purchase of a hybrid car can bring savings of up to KRW 4.7 million on taxes, including special excise tax and acquisition tax>

    Drivers can save up to KRW 4.7 million on taxes, including individual consumption tax and acquisition tax, with the purchase of a hybrid car.

    Category Tax Financial Assistance Effective Term
    Hybrid car Purchase Individual consumption tax Maximum KRW 1 million exempted Until Dec 31, 2015
    Education tax Maximum KRW 300,000  exempted
    Register Acquisition and registration taxes Maximum KRW 1.4 million  exempted Until Dec 31, 2014**
    Purchase Cost of City Railway Bonds Maximum KRW 2 million  exempted *

     

    <Exemption from paying tolls at Namsan Tunnels 1 and 3, and 50% discount on parking fees at city-operated public parking lots >

    Classes 1 and 2 low-emission vehicles that are registered with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and display the electronic sticker below are exempt from paying congestion tolls (KRW 2,000) at Namsan Tunnels 1 and 3.

    Electronic Sticker

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    In addition, vehicles displaying low-emission vehicle stickers will get a 50 percent discount on parking fees at city-operated public parking lots, and up to an 80 percent discount on subway station parking spaces.

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    ▶ Vehicle Registration
    By Vehicle Type (As of the end of 2012)

    Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
    Total

    2,969,184

    2,977,599

    2,981,400

    2,954,704

    2,949,211

    Sedan

    2,447,876

    2,443,261

    2,434,230

    2,394,901

    2,375,173

    Van

    162,723

    169,922

    176,999

    185,343

    191,335

    Truck

    353,905

    360,103

    366,306

    370,894

    379,247

    Special purpose vehicle

    4,680

    4,313

    3,865

    3,566

    3,456

    Two-wheeled motor vehicles

    444,693

    410,090

    410,615

    410,209

    408,082

    ※ 15.7% of all registered vehicles (18.871 million) in Korea

    By Fuel Type (As of the end of 2012)

    Year Total Gasoline Diesel LPG Hybrid CNG Electric Other
    2013 2,973,877 1,622,215 937,639 378,910 20,778 10,427 479 3,429
    2012 2,969,184 1,642,726 899,652 396,997 15,930 10,277 205 3,393
    2011 2,977,599 1,661,922 874,928 417,845 9,328 9,844 103 3,626

     

    Statistics on major traffic